John Kasich Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of John Kasich, Republican governor of Ohio and 2016 presidential candidate.

Birth date:
May 13, 1952
Birth place: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Birth name: John Richard Kasich Jr.
    Father: John Kasich Sr., mail carrier
    Mother: Anne Kasich, postal worker
    Marriages: Karen (Waldbillig) Kasich (1997-present); Mary Lee Griffith (1975-1980, divorced)
    Children: with Karen Kasich: twins Emma and Reese
    Education: Ohio State University, B.A. in political science, 1974
    Religion: Christian
    Other Facts:
    Last name is pronounced "KAY-sick."
    Kasich's parents were killed by a drunk driver in 1987, a tragedy he credits with helping him to rediscover his faith.
    Describes himself as the "chief architect" of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, signed by President Bill Clinton, which resulted in the first federal budget surplus since the late 1960s.
    December 1970 -
    While a freshman in college, meets with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office. Weeks earlier, Kasich had handwritten a letter to Nixon which resulted in an invitation to the White House.
    1975-1977 - Aide to Ohio State Senator Donald "Buz" Lukens.
    November 1978 - Defeats incumbent Democrat Robert O'Shaughnessy to win election to the Ohio state Senate.
    November 2, 1982 - Elected to the US House of Representatives, defeating Democratic incumbent Bob Shamansky. Kasich is the only incoming Republican congressman to defeat an incumbent Democrat.
    January 3, 1983-January 3, 2001 - Represents Ohio's 12th Congressional District in the US Congress, winning re-election eight times.
    1995-2001 - Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
    1998 - Kasich's book, "Courage is Contagious," is published.
    2001-September 2008 - Works for Lehman Brother's investment banking division in Columbus, Ohio, as managing director until the firm's collapse.
    2002-2007 - Host of "From the Heartland with John Kasich" on Fox News.
    2006 - Kasich's book, "Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul," is published.
    2010 - "Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith and Friendship," written with Daniel Paisner, is published.
    November 2, 2010 - Defeats Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland to be elected Ohio governor.
    January 10, 2011-present - Serves as the 69th governor of Ohio.
    March 31, 2011 - Kasich signs into law a measure limiting the bargaining rights of public workers - including police, teachers and firefighters - to salaries, employment conditions and hours. The law is held from going into effect pending a referendum in November.
    February 2013 - Announces that Ohio will accept federal money under President Barack Obama's health care law to expand Medicaid coverage to some 275,000 residents. The decision results in a months-long fight with GOP state lawmakers, but Kasich ultimately prevails in an effort that he frames as both an economic and moral cause.
    November 4, 2014 - Re-elected governor with 64% of the vote.
    July 21, 2015 - Announces his run for the Republican presidential nomination at his alma mater, Ohio State University.
    February 21, 2016 - Signs a bill blocking the state from signing contracts for health services with any organization or provider that promotes or performs non-therapeutic abortions. The legislation would effectively cut funding for Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Before the law goes into effect, a federal judge grants an injunction barring the state from enforcing the provisions of the measure.
    July 18, 2016 - Kasich is criticized by an Ohio congressman for declining to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. When the Ohio governor dropped out of the presidential race, he did not endorse Donald Trump.
    April 24, 2017 - CNN hosts a town hall with Kasich.
    April 25, 2017 - Publishes the book "Two Paths: America Divided or United."